Originally Posted by AuburnM5
I have a quick question for the Oppo experts in this here thread.
I have done a complete "reboot" of my system. I have made a move to focus on 2 channel music, but still want to watch TV and the occasional movie on my system. Is there a way to use the 103D as my "HT processor" instead of buying a basic one? Here is my gear:
Preamp: McIntosh C2500
Amps: 2 x McIntosh MC352's and a McIntosh MC7205
Oppo 103D and DirecTV Genie for sources
The C2500 was ordered today, so I don't have it in hand yet. I know there is an HT pass through, but I think it also requires a 12v trigger to put it in pass mode.
The 103D is very flexible on what it can do with audio and video.
However, I would highly recommend getting the 105D instead of the 103D for the better analog audio output.
The 103D is no slouch in that department, but the 105D is even better, and with that awesome McI gear,
you will want to match it with an equally capable player.
As for watching movies and tv, that depends on what kind of setup you are using.
Will you be watching with 2-ch audio only?... or will you be using a surround sound speaker setup?
The C2500 does not have inputs for HDMI interface, nor will it accept 5.1 or 7.1 analog input. It is primarily for stereo analog sources.
If you are going to use surround sound, you will need either a modern HDMI surround AVR, or a 5-or-7 channel power amp.
If you opt for the multi-ch power amp, you can connect the analog outputs from the player directly to the power amp,
and then use the player as a basic processor.
However... I also think the McI amps you listed is a 2-ch amp AND a 3-ch amp?
If so, then you should be able to get that to work for 5.0 channel surround as long as it's compatible with
what you also have in mind for music. It just depends on how you set it all up.
It should work out for you, but again I would emphasize that you should go with the 105D over the 103D.
(Just as well, IF you should decide to get an HDMI processor, you'd probably be better off combining that with the 103D.)
Based on the gear you are using though, I would I'd go with the 105D and skip the additional processor.